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Océ BLM550

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BLM 550

Océ BLM550

Unique online system produces high quality square-spined books

The Océ BLM550 doubles the capability of previous technologies. It produces books with a thickness of up to 10mm and combines the four processes of saddle stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming in a single machine. Capable of producing trimmed books of up to 220 pages, the Océ BLM550 provides an elegant, state-of-the-art online book making solution for every printing environment.


  • Makes books from 8 – 220 pages
  • Produces high quality books with a square spine
  • Compact all-in-one system
  • Saddle stitching with 1 to 6 stitches
  • Fully automated
  • Memory for 24 jobs

Detailed Features

Pack and stack with the flexible book maker

Finished books have the superior square spine appearance of a perfectly bound book, and the security of a stitched spine. They lie flat and are easy to pack, stack and handle. The maximum book thickness of 10mm is double that of alternative conventional book making machines, which makes that the Océ BLM550 ideally suited to producing and finishing books of up to 220 pages.

A complete Book maker in all respects

Stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming are combined to produce books of up to 220 pages with a square spine. A rotator is also included which ensures full printer production speeds are achieved when smaller books are produced. The Océ BLM550 is a complete booklet making system with an optional book stacker for high production environments. The book stacker and book maker combination is ideal for production environments and is known as the Océ BLM550 PRO.

Product Specification


Paper sizes Minimum 208 mm x 208 mm (with Océ VarioPrint 6160 / 6200 / 6250 / 6320: 203 x 203 mm)
Maximum 305 mm x 457 mm (with Océ VarioPrint 6160 / 6200 / 6250 / 6320: 320 x 488 mm)
Paper weight 80 up to 160 g/m² normal Océ paper types
70 up to 250 g/m² dependent upon paper type and quality
60 g/m² Océ Top Mail paper
Book thickness Maximum finished book thickness:
10 mm (approximately 220 pages using 70 g/m² paper)
Maximum set thickness:
5 mm (approximately 55 sheets using 70 g/m² paper)
Stitching Single side loading stitch head
1 - 6 stitches
6 stitches allows small books to be printed 3-up and guillotined afterwards, for example
Stitches per reel: up to 291,500
Productivity Optimum printer productivity when books contain at least
- 4-10 A4 sheets, or
- 3-6 A3 sheets
depending upon printer
Integrated rotator ensures maximum printer productivity (primarily for A5-size books)
Output capacity: BLM550 35 books of 20 sheets (80 g/m²)
Stacker allows unloading during run
Output capacity: BLM550 PRO Optional book stacker with 930mm stacking capacity as books are stacked vertically with spine facing downwards
Automatically accepts different thicknesses and sizes of books: no need to unload books until the stacker is full
Dimensions: BLM550 Width: 1,675 mm
Depth: 1,870 mm
Height: 1,330 mm
Dimensions: BLM550 PRO Width: 1,770 mm
Depth: 2,420 mm
Height: 1,330 mm
Weight BLM550: 700 kg
BLM550 PRO: 850 kg
Power supply 200 - 240V
50/60 Hz
single phase
Power consumption In operation: 550W (maximum)
In standby: 90W (maximum)
Key features Makes books from 8 - 220 pages
Produces high quality books with a square spine
Securely stitched books with no risk of loose sheets
Memory for 24 jobs
Hand feeding of sets, if necessary
Good alternative to tape or perfect binding
Heavy duty side-loading stitch head
Fully automated
Ergonomic design
Small footprint
Instant-on, no warm up time
Low power requirements
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